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Staying On Track While Traveling

Staying On Track While Traveling

It’s HARD to stay on track while traveling!

I have an active travel schedule that’s a pretty good blend of work hard and play hard, and it often takes me away from the routines I’ve developed throughout my weight loss journey.

This week I was in San Francisco for work and now I’m off to Curacao for a wedding, and I am determined not to let four airplanes, two hotel rooms and nine days away from home totally derail me from my weight loss goals. So I researched, I strategized and I made a plan for success.

Here are my 7 tips for Staying on Track While Traveling:

Make a plan for getting hydrated. I always carry my reusable Weight Watchers water bottle and fill it up in the filling stations in the train station or airport. In a pinch, I’ve also asked the restaurants or cafes to fill it up once I pass airport security!

I request a fridge in my room to give myself access to healthy options.  I tell the hotel I have items that must be refrigerated and they usually accommodate. Once I have one, I hit up the local grocery story or bodega for fresh fruit, bottled water or seltzer and some hard boiled eggs or cheese. It saves me money because I’m not eating every meal out and it ensures I have all the things I need to be successful.

 

I make a plan for exercise. It’s not enough to bring the gym clothes – I make a plan for how I’m going to use them. In random cities I like to find exercise I couldn’t or haven’t done yet at home. I first tried SoulCycle in Chicago, Indoor Surfing in New Orleans and Beachfront Yoga in Sarasota. It’s so fun to have these adventures while traveling!

Find shelf-stable snacks to bring with you when you’re tempted to eat junk! I usually bring a variety of healthy shelf-stable snacks like olives, individual pretzels, turkey or chicken jerky, RXBars or other protein bars. Sometimes I use them as meal replacements, and sometimes I just supplement a piece of fresh fruit with one of the snacks to make a more satisfying snack or meal to tide me over until I arrive at my final destination.

I make it a no-elevator, no-escalator trip. When Momma Shelley and I were on the Weight Watchers cruise we took the stairs for the whole trip! More than 330 flights of stairs over the seven days – our legs and our booties were on fire by the end, but it was totally worth it!

I sample the cuisine of the region. I love to find healthy options in whatever city I’m in. Cioppino in San Francisco, venison in upstate New York, delicious fish tacos in Santa Barbara, turkey brisket in St. Louis, red fish in New Orleans – I want to try whatever’s local because it’s fresh and delicious and usually way better than the reheated, microwaved chain food you find while traveling for work.

I practice my healthy habits. Life is pretty hectic, but work travel often gives us a little time away from our home life and home obligations, so I use it as an opportunity for “me time.” I meditate, I do yoga in my hotel room, I make sure I get eight hours of sleep, I take baths – whatever I can to practice a little self-care.

What do you think? What do you do to stay on track while traveling?

 

It’s HARD to stay on track while traveling! I have an active travel schedule that’s a pretty good blend of work hard and play hard, and it often takes me away from the routines I’ve developed throughout my weight loss journey. This week I was in San Francisco for work and now I’m off to … Continue reading Staying On Track While Traveling

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Breaking Up With Sodium

Breaking Up With Sodium

As part of our Trading Cardio for Cosmos community, I teach monthly online classes and this week, one of my sent me an email and asked me about a low sodium diet.

I’m not a medical expert, but I found a lot of great resources, and wanted to also share them with you!

First of all – there’s sodium in EVERYTHING. I was amazed when I started researching just how much sodium is added to the foods we eat:


RESOURCES

THIS is a great resource for how to pick groceries and foods that are lower in sodium.

THIS is a great resource for how to eat low-sodium at popular US chain restaurants.

THIS is a great resource for low sodium food swaps.

THIS is a great resource for how to add flavor without adding salt.

RECIPES & LOW SODIUM SPICES

Low Sodium Cookbook (available on Amazon)

24 Low Sodium Recipes

Sodium-Free Spices

What about you? What are your favorite low sodium resource? 

As part of our Trading Cardio for Cosmos community, I teach monthly online classes and this week, one of my GoalDiggers sent me an email and asked me about a low sodium diet. I’m not a medical expert, but I found a lot of great resources, and wanted to also share them with you! First … Continue reading Breaking Up With Sodium

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The Weight Watchers Cruise: What I Ate!

The Weight Watchers Cruise: What I Ate!

When people find out I went on the inaugural Weight Watchers cruise, their first question is always: “What did you eat?”

My answer? Cosmos!

Haha, no, I ate seafood, jerk chicken, pasta, tons of fresh fruit, antipasto, nachos – you name it!

WEIGHT WATCHERS DINING

Weight Watchers has a dedicated restaurant and seating in a restaurant called “The Black Crab,” and the BC offered breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

All the menus had the Weight Watchers SmartPoints listed right on the menu, which made it super easy to track! Lunch and dinner both had 0 SmartPoint soups to start, and they were really delicious.

This Tandoori Roasted Cauliflower Soup from Chef Julie Hartigan was one of the best things I ate all week. Hands down.

The buffets were open to all passengers, and for lunch and dinner there was a special section of the buffet with Weight Watchers foods with their SmartPoints listed. It was great to be able to grab & go during the day!

It wasn’t all Weight Watchers foods, thought… Momma Shelley and I bought an upgraded dining package that enabled us to eat in the a la carte restaurants like Galaxy and Eataly. Yup. We went on a Weight Watchers cruise and ate at Eataly!

We had salads, pasta and surf & turf, and because I had such great low SmartPoint options for breakfast and lunch, I didn’t even go over my daily points!

When we were in Jamaica, Momma Shelley and I convinced our bus driver to stop for some lunch, and we had the most INCREDIBLE jerk chicken. I ate (roughly) half a cup of the rice and 8 ounces of chicken (skin removed). I loved being able to stay on track and taste a local delicacy!

One of the nights Momma Shelley went to a birthday party in honor of a new friend she met (Hi Charlotte!), and I joined some of the folks from Weight Watchers at Le Muse, which was seriously delicious. These lamb chops were so delicious!

On our last evening, Momma Shelley and I dined at Galaxy, which was a tasting menu, and really delicious!

WEIGHT WATCHERS EVENTS

The Welcome Party was super fun – 0 and 1 SmartPoint snacks, a DJ and cocktails!

The Cinco do Mayo cooking class with Chef Julie was so fun and delicious! It was great to meet her and see how she creates healthy recipes that make nachos and cocktails not feel like big indulgences.

BEVERAGES

We bought a coffee package (you know me, of course we did) and a beverage package, which was great because bottled water is NOT free on this trip. You can bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up in the buffets!

The coffee on the ship is AMAZING – rich, dark and delicious. I love good coffee, and the coffee bars on the ship were spot on!

As far as cocktails, the world is your oyster!

There are daily cocktails, different bars have different beverages and you can get pretty much anything. My fellow Weight Watcher Ambassador Dina and I tried and loved their Aperol Spritzes!

What do you think? Not what you’d expect from a Weight Watchers cruise, right? 

When people find out I went on the inaugural Weight Watchers cruise, their first question is always: “What did you eat?” My answer? Cosmos! Haha, no, I ate seafood, jerk chicken, pasta, tons of fresh fruit, antipasto, nachos – you name it! WEIGHT WATCHERS DINING Weight Watchers has a dedicated restaurant and seating in a … Continue reading The Weight Watchers Cruise: What I Ate!

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GLOW for your GOAL: a Conference for Women October 20-22, 2017!

GLOW for your GOAL: a Conference for Women October 20-22, 2017!

GLOW for your GOAL is bringing together women from across the country (and Canada!) to learn, grow, and support one another to achieve their wellness goals.

GLOW goes beyond traditional weight loss programs, and speaks to:

  • The WHY of weight loss,
  • Emotional wellness, and
  • How we can finally stop trying to be perfect.

GLOW is about recognizing that we are enough.

 

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GLOW for your GOAL HOSTESS

 

Trading Cardio for Cosmos Founder Alexis Eggleton – who lost more than 100 pounds, AND kept it off – knows what it takes to stay on track to better health. Over the past three years, she’s become nationally recognized through her weight loss and wellness blog, Trading Cardio for Cosmos, where shares her daily struggles, accomplishments, milestones, and personal revelations.

Her candor, positive and uplifting messages, yummy recipes, food finds, and a healthy dose of sass has helped teach thousands that moderation is key, exercise is good, and cosmos are delicious!

Recognized in the New York Post, on Popsugar.com, and in Weight Watchers magazine, Alexis has also been a featured blogger on Organize Yourself Skinny.

Through GLOW, Alexis is taking all she’s learned about changing her life from the inside out, and offering it to you as the inspiration, practical advice, and support you can use to achieve your own goals!

The GLOW for your GOAL Conference is available as a WEEKEND GETAWAY (perfect for mother-daughter duos, family and friends!) or as a SATURDAY DAY PASS.

WHEN: Fri, October 20th  (starting 7:00 p.m.), Sat, October 21st and Sun, October 22nd (ending 12:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Home2Suites in Middletown, NY

 

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

(Exclusive to Weekend Getaway guests)

6 p.m.-8 p.m.: Cocktails & Conversation
Weekend Getaway guests will enjoy a cocktails and light fare with TCFC Founder Alexis Eggleton.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

7:30 a.m.: ZUMBA with a Studio Ayo Instructor
(Exclusive to Weekend Getaway guests)

9 a.m.: Conference Registration

10 a.m.: Opening Session – This is What You Came For

10:30 a.m.: Diary of a 100-Pound Weight Loss

11:30 a.m.: When It (Life) Doesn’t Go As Planned

12 p.m.: Emotional Triggers & Coping Mechanisms

12:30 p.m.: Lunch featuring Keynote Speaker

1:30 p.m.: The Importance of Self-Care
(Hint: It’s Not As Selfish As You Think)

2 p.m.: The Home-Life Connection, with Interior Designer Claudia Jacobs
Loving and functioning in your own personal space can have a ripple effect on other areas of your life. Find out how making changes in your home can change your perspective, and your life! You’ll also learn more about clearing the energy of your home and the benefits of Feng Shui.

3 p.m.: Afternoon Break

3:15 p.m.: Pinterest Fails – Dispelling the Myth of Perfection

4 p.m.: You. Are. Enough.

4:30 p.m.: Live Q&A – “Now What?”

7 p.m.: Chef-Led Dinner at Ward’s Bridge Inn
(Exclusive to Weekend Getaway guests; leave hotel at 6:30 p.m.; transportation to and from the restaurant provided)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

(Exclusive to Weekend Getaway guests)

10 a.m.: Goal Setting Exercise – Build Your Roadmap for Success

11 a.m.: Taking the Glow Home With You

12 p.m.: Farewell Remarks

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WEEKEND GETAWAY PACKAGES

(must be purchased no later than Sept. 29, 2017)

  • Friday & Saturday night lodging at Home2Suites
  • Meals: Friday reception; Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner; Sunday breakfast; snacks
  • “Brain Book” of all handouts from the weekend’s lessons
  • VIP access & girl time with Alexis during the weekend

Single-Occupancy Room: $750/per person
Double-Occupancy Room: $600/per person*
*Must self-select roommates; TCFC is not responsible for pairings.

No refunds. No exceptions.

 

SATURDAY PASS

(must be purchased no later than Oct. 8, 2017)

Single Pass: $97/per person
Group of 4 or more: $77/per person

No refunds. No exceptions.

 

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About the Seminar

TCFC GLOW for Your Goal Seminar is an event to get together and focus in on your healthy weight loss journey! Whether you are at the start of your weight loss journey; need a reboot to re-center, refocus, and recommit; or just need some extra motivation to lose those last 10 pounds and maintain it; this is the place you need to be!

You will leave TCFC’s GLOW for Your GOAL Conference feeling inspired, with practical guidance for daily food preparation, exercise planning, and how to handle stress and emotional eating. You’ll also leave as part of the Trading Cardio for Cosmos community – where you can find the day-to-day motivation you need to live your happiest, healthiest life yet!

Trading Cardio for Cosmos is about showing you how everyday people can lose weight and keep it off. Our seminar will be led by our founder, Alexis Eggleton. Two years ago Alexis woke up 280lbs and physically and emotionally drained. She setout to take back the life she wanted, lose weight, and feel healthy. Since that day Alexis has lost 116+lbs and along the way changed her life forever.

Alexis started Trading Cardio for Cosmos to embrace positive and uplifting change. Trading Cardio for Cosmos is a popular weight loss and wellness movement that is built on the idea that moderation is key, exercise is good and cosmos are delicious! Every day we bring you positive, uplifting messages, yummy recipes, food finds and a healthy dose of sass. The TCFC community is passionate about losing weight but also about supporting one other through the journey. At the TCFC Glow for Your Goal Seminar, Alexis will bring these lessons and experiences directly to you.

Alexis has provided counsel and private coaching to clients on a limited basis, and has taught hundreds via online classes. Students and clients truly appreciate the support and value she brings. Now we are excited to bring this experience to a larger group!

GLOW for your GOAL is bringing together women from across the country (and Canada!) to learn, grow, and support one another to achieve their wellness goals. GLOW goes beyond traditional weight loss programs, and speaks to: The WHY of weight loss, Emotional wellness, and How we can finally stop trying to be perfect. GLOW is … Continue reading GLOW for your GOAL: a Conference for Women October 20-22, 2017!

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“Be the Change”

“Be the Change”

Last Friday I had the great honor of giving the Keynote Address at the annual “Can’t Hurt Steel” Gala.” The Can’t Hurt Steel Community Foundation was started by my dear friends JJ and Kristen Hanson, following JJ’s diagnosis with Stage 4 brain cancer a few years ago.

The theme of the Gala was “Be the Change” and my speech focused on how we can make changes to get healthier AND create healthier communities where we grew up in Sullivan County. I wanted to share it with you!

 

My speech:

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I’m honored to have been asked to speak with you this evening.

I have to say, standing here, speaking in front of all of you, some of my best friends, my parents, people I’ve admired for such a long time… blogging to strangers on the internet is easier. 

 Tonight’s theme “Be the Change,” truly resonates with me. JJ and Kris asked me to speak to you because I know a thing or two about change. I’ve spent the last two and a half years of my life losing weight, about -115lbs, and getting healthy. But don’t worry, this is not a speech about eating more kale. It is about how we can take the lessons I’ve learned throughout my journey and use them to better our lives and our communities. After all, that’s what the CHS Foundation is all about.

So what have I learned about change through losing weight?

 

You have to CHOOSE to Change.

Two and a half years ago, I took a look at my life and who I was, and I didn’t like what I saw. I saw a person who worked too much, had an unhealthy relationship with food and who talked about people, not ideas. I hid behind the long hours and the long hair, rejecting others before they had a chance to reject me.

And I remember thinking, “I don’t want to live like this anymore.”

I could have lamented my weight, my lack of self-confidence. I could have blamed my work, my life, my genetics. But instead, I chose to CHANGE what I didn’t like. Little by little, I made incremental changes to my diet, added exercise, created better work-life balance and little by little, started to put the same energy out into the world that I wanted to get back.

Community change is no different. We identify something that we don’t like. We identify something we can do to make life better for ourselves, our community, those least able to care for themselves. Then we CHOOSE to take action. We can choose to sit back, to wish things were different. We can wait for someone else to take the lead. “I’m too busy,” “I don’t know how to start,” “Someone else should do this…” These are all excuses we can tell ourselves to justify inaction. Or we can say, “If not me, who?” “This community, these people, this cause is worth an hour of my time,” “They shouldn’t have to live like this anymore.”

When I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs, this is how we started our Backpacks for Hope and our Giving Tree programs. We didn’t know exactly what we were doing, but we knew that kids needed school supplies and cheerful holidays, so we starting asking for help and today, thousands of kids are served through those programs.

 

Change is WORK.

So often we view change as a binary state. We were one thing, now we’re something else. As someone who has radically changed her life I can tell you two things: (a) it takes so much longer than we think it should and (b) the process is so much more important than the result.

Goal weight is a number on a scale you achieve by developing healthy habits and maintaining consistency in those habits. Goal weight is not something you achieve and never have to think about again. It requires constant maintenance, constance vigilance and execution of those healthy habits.

Changing a community requires that same WORK. We can’t wish it to be something, we have to work for it to be something. We’re going to have to skip sleeping in so we can help at the litterplucks. We’re going to have to DVR our favorite show so we can show up and be present at our local Rotary and Kiwanis meetings. We’re going to have to WORK for what we want.

I grew up in Roscoe, and one of the things I love most about Roscoe is how the community takes care of itself and its fellow residents. There are always gardens to weed, paint to touch up, funds to raise, and now as an adult I truly appreciate the time and WORK my neighbors put in to making Roscoe Roscoe.

 

Be specific. 

It is not enough to simply identify goals or ideals. We have to get to the “HOW?”

I’ve had the privilege of attending a few lectures by Weight Watchers Chief Science Officer, Dr. Gary Foster. Now, being the CSO of a weight loss program, you’d think Dr. Foster’s a medical docter, right? Maybe a nutrional or gastro-intenstinal specialist of some kind? Nope. He’s a psychologist. Which just goes to show us, weight loss is all in our heads.

So Dr. Foster has, it’s not enough to say “I want to be thinner,” or “I want there to be more for kids to do in my community,” we have to be specific in how.

For me, that’s menu planning and meal prepping so I know I have healthy food options available. It’s scheduling my workouts into my calendar and ensuring a no-work zone Saturdays and Sundays.

For you, this might be “We need to create healthy exercise opportunities. We’re going to build as rail trail for hiking and biking, and here’s what we need to achieve each month to make it a reality in 12 or 24 months. In the meantime, let’s start a Saturday running club for kids through our local scouts or through the school system.”

 

Reject a negative premise and reframe the situation.

I love The West Wing, so I’m stealing a little of their genius here.

When I started losing weight, I didn’t think it would be possible to get to a healthy BMI. I had too much weight to lose. It wouldn’t work for me. I was just big boned… believe me, I told myself some whoppers. And then rejected the premise of my argument, which was that I was destined to fail. That there was something holding me back. Because really, the only thing holding me back, was me. So rather than assume I couldn’t, I decided ANYTHING was possible and I was willing to explore any option to get to where I wanted to go. Yes, I ate a ton of kale. I also tried hot yoga, starting eating carrots, running obstacle course races, eating curry and spices, became obsessed with spin class… you get the idea. If we start with the premise that ANYTHING is possible, every route can eventually get us to where we want to go.  

Now, I know this is a heavier lift when we’re talking about community, but hear me out. Sullivan County is a cesspool. Sullivan County is the bottom of the barrel. Sullivan County can’t get out of its own way. I know you’ve all heard these statements, probably read them on one of the Sullivan County Facebook groups… I’m here to tell you: that’s crap. I’m not Pollyanna, I recognize that our community has its share of struggles and its share of challenges. But I refuse to just 77,000 people by the actions of a few. I refuse to identify an entire County, full of diverse communities and geography, by one tough neighborhood. Rather than identifying what Sullivan County ISN’T, I say we build on all that she is.

Sullivan County is full of natural beauty, rolling hills, rushing rivers and open space.

Sullivan County is full of small communities of people who want to participate, give back, and make better.

Sullivan County is diverse in her people, and her culture. One size does NOT fit all, and that’s IMPORTANT because it means there is room here for everyone.

Sullivan County has its share of challenges, but it also has more than its share of brilliant people, smart thinkers and compassionate advocates.

Sullivan County controls her own destiny. And we can help.

Change is waiting for all of us.

Making the decision to change was the biggest, scariest and most difficult decision of my life. I was terrified I’d fail. Secretly I was also terrified of what might be out there if I didn’t fail. What would it be like?

Two and a half years, -115lbs, 10 inches of hair and 4 pairs of running shoes later… I’ll also tell you making the decision to change was the greatest thing I’ve ever done. That decision, and my partner in crime over there, have given me a life I would have never believed possible.

I’ve ready a million motivational blogs, books – listened to every Brene Brown TED talk that exists. And yet, I always come back to two quotes:

A year from now, you will wish you started today.  
One Life. Just ONE. Why aren’t we running like we are on fire toward our wildest dreams?

 

So, in closing, I ask you:

Whether it’s weight loss, youth development, emotional wellness, community enrichment, running for office to affect change – what are you waiting for?

About CHS Foundation:

The mission of this fund is to provide assistance to community members in their times of need.  The foundation will meet this CHSF_Logogoal by providing grants to assist patients and family members that are experiencing a catastrophic illness.   There are numerous expenses incurred while fighting to get well, such as medication, transportation, hotel stays during treatment, and even household living expenses, like rent, utilities, food, and daycare.   These funds will help to alleviate some of the financial and emotional stress associated with a life-threatening illness. Another mission of the foundation is to enhance the quality of life of those living in our community.   To accomplish the goal of enhancing community health, the foundation will provide seed money and grants for community wellness programs.

Last Friday I had the great honor of giving the Keynote Address at the annual “Can’t Hurt Steel” Gala.” The Can’t Hurt Steel Community Foundation was started by my dear friends JJ and Kristen Hanson, following JJ’s diagnosis with Stage 4 brain cancer a few years ago. The theme of the Gala was “Be the … Continue reading “Be the Change”

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